The Caribbean Coast

As you would expect the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is beautiful, lined with sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and lush rainforest.

The Caribbean Coast

Including Cahuita National Park, Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and Puerto Viejo

As you would expect the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is stunning. The beautiful coast is lined with sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and lush rainforest. Experience a fusion of cultures here with strong Jamaican influences.

With the famous Tortuguero National Park to the north, there is also plenty to see and do in the southern reaches of this region, the hub of Costa Rica’s Afro-Caribbean community with some Italian and German influences thrown into the mix. It all seems to happen at a much more relaxed pace on this coastline.

Reasons to Visit The Caribbean Coast

  • Chilling – Experience the laid back lifestyle, culture and food of the Caribbean coast in Cahuita National Park, or any of the beaches in the area for that matter.
  • Snorkelling – Explore the coral reefs and discover another side to the Caribbean coastline.
  • Surfing – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is where surfers used to congregate to surf the famous Salsa Brava, one of the biggest breaks in Costa Rica.
  • Culture – Immerse yourself in the unique fusion of colourful and laidback culture that this area has to offer – it is like no other, anywhere!
  • Indigenous Villages – It is possible to visit indigenous villages in the Bribri area for another insight into Costa Rica and her people.
  • Wildlife viewing – there’s plenty to see in both Cahuita and the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife refuge.
  • Beaches – There is nothing more relaxing than lying on the beach, listening to the sounds of the surf, shaded from the hot sun by an umbrella or a palm tree.
  • Cahuita National Park – There are some fantastic hiking trails here, pristine beaches full of wildlife with safe spots marked for swimming as well as the coral reef which lends itself to some of the best snorkelling in the area (but to preserve the reef, you will need to hire a guide to snorkel).
  • Puerto Viejo (de Talamanca) – Stunning beaches perfect for surfing with a lovely laid back West Indian vibe mixed with Costa Rican Culture.
  • Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge – The relaxed village of Manzanillo is encompassed within the wildlife refuge. Regulations on building and development mean this little town has held onto its roots in Afro-Caribbean culture and has a quaint non-hurried kind of atmosphere.

Caribbean Coast Holidays

Below you will find some Caribbean Coast itineraries that we’ve put together as recommended suggestions. You might find one of these is perfect for your needs as we’ve put a lot of thought into including some wonderful experiences in each of these trips, and we really love what they offer. However, if none of these quite fit the bill for you, do call us and let us know what you’d like. We ready to help you plan your perfect Costa Rica holiday.

Costa Rica Family Holiday

Prices from: £1,700 pp for 15 days
(ex. international flights)
Costa Rica in two weeks! Combining adventure, wildlife and R&R at the beach, and staying in great hotels, there’s something for all ages and oodles of family fun to be had throughout.

Costa Rica Coast to Coast

Prices from: £2,420pp for 12 days
(ex. international flights)
Traverse this country from the laid-back Caribbean coast through its mountainous hinterland emerging on the beautiful north Pacific shore taking in scenery, culture and wildlife en-route.

Costa Rica Beaches & Volcanoes

Prices from: £1,895 pp for 15 days
(ex. international flights)
See the different faces of Costa Rica. Relax on the Caribbean coast, head inland for some action and adventure as you marvel at the volcanoes and then finish off at the stunning Pacific coast.

Costa Rica Beaches & Volcanoes

Prices from: £2,850 pp for 15 days
(ex. international flights)
Sitting behind the wheel you have a front row seat as you travel through stunning forest, mountain and coastal scenery, your personal odyssey through this extraordinary country.

Places to Stay

Unlike the Pacific coast, there is no dry season as such on the Caribbean coast – it will rain here throughout the year.  The ‘drier’ months are February, March, September and October.  September and October are when the rest of Costa Rica experiences the heaviest rainfall. Get more advice about when to travel to Costa Rica on our When to Visit page.